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“The Student Voice”

Volume 49, Issue 5 Rio Americano H.S. Sacramento, CA December 17, 2010

In This Issue

Cookie contest winner has been chosen See page 2

Let AVID get you in the Christmas spirit See page 3

Basketball season has arrived! Make sure you’re ready for Rio vs. Jesuit round two! See page 13

In photo: Senior guard Blake Bender

photo by sarah vaira/editor in chief

Rio graduate is a hit in the tennis world See page 14


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Cookie contest brings creativity Judge’s Perspective By Peter Hammon Mirada Staff On Dec. 10, six contestants entered their favorite holiday cookie recipes into the Mirada’s annual Cookie Contest. Only one went home with the trophy and 500 dollars in cash. (Actually, just a free yearbook.) In the closest vote since 1994, Sarah Brown’s Triple Chip Oatmeal cookie beat out Katie Smith’s Cream Cheese Cake Hybrid cookie. All six contestants, though, did a fantastic job. The atmosphere was tense, with the judges eating and scoring right in front of the lineup of bakers. Both Brown and Smith were seen arguing their case as the judges concluded that the two had certainly separated themselves from the other four recipes. “I wasn’t told that we would be judged on appearance!” Smith said in frustration. At the end of the day, though, Brown’s cookies were just slightly better. In an exclusive interview with the Mirada, our champion talked about the origin of her award-

winning recipe. It all started a few months ago when a lab partner of Brown’s brought in the Triple Chip cookie to class. They were a hit, but Brown looked to add her own twist. “I like oatmeal cookies better so I decided to try to make them as oatmeal cookies instead and they turned out really good.” The first time she brought her edited version of the “Triple Chippers” to school, Brown became very popular with her classmates. “By second period all six dozen were gone!” Brown said. Little did she know that her ingenuity and creativity would one day earn her the title, “Rio Americano’s Best Cookie maker.” As a senior, Brown will not be back next year to defend her crown, but she mentioned a young class of juniors with a lot of raw talent. I certainly look forward to seeing all that skill on display next Winter. On behalf of the Mirada Staff and judging panel, I want to thank all contestants and formally invite all Rio students to enter their cookies into the Easter Bunny Cookie Contest in March. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Top: The winning cookie, Triple Chip Oatmeal cookie, won over all of the judges. Sarah Brown put her own spin on oatmeal cookies by adding milk and white chocolate chips. She received a free 2010-2011 yearbook for her creation. Bottom: Winner Sarah Brown, 12, sneaks a bite of her first place recipe. After the contest was over, the leftovers were immediately demolished by the contest spectators. Brown’s cookies earned 59 out of a possible 60 points.

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Student sells art to save a nation Civitas student Angelina Elyason is holding an auction selling student art to help raise awareness of genocide in Darfur By Danielle Arbios Mirada Staff Senior Angelina Elyason will be holding a silent auction of student artwork to raise money for the Genocide Intervention Network for her Civitas Senior Project. The auction will be held on Sunday February 6, 2011 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maiya Gallery downtown. Prizes will be awarded for the best pieces of work including cash and Save Darfur sweatshirts. The topic of the artwork is “War and Peace” and types of artwork accepted include paintings, pastels, ink, collages, sculptures, ceramics, photo collections and pencil.

Elyason encourages all students who want to participate to create a piece of artwork and to tell their friends, not just students at Rio. “This project not only helps raise money and awareness for a great cause, but it also gives students a chance to unleash their creativity,” Elyason sad. Elyason hopes to raise at least $1000, so “any and all artwork is greatly appreciated.” The deadline to submit artwork is January 31, 2011. It is mandatory to e-mail Angelina Elyason at if you would like to participate because many important updates will be sent out.


Student Art Auction

Who: All Students (Middle School to College) What: Silent Auction of student artwork When: Sunday, February 6, 2011 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Maiya Gallery, 2220 J St. Suite 1 DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Monday, January 31, 2011

Are you or one of your friends taking on a new project? Do you participate in a cool and unique sport? What makes you different? LET US KNOW! Bring your ideas to room A3 or e-mail us at

Ultra-violent video games face banning By Keldon Irwin Mirada Staff The Supreme Court is deciding whether children should be allowed to virtually “kill, maim, dismember, or sexually assault an image of a human being.” Despite many years of wavering arguments on both federal and state levels, the overwhelming majority of states have applied first amendment rights as an umbrella over this debate in favor of the video game industry. Anyone caught selling, renting, or distributing ultra-violent video games to minors in California will be fined $1,000. Parents and guardians are the only ones who can provide these games for minors. This law, being a California statute, was not instituted by congress. Other regions have followed suit and taken their own initiative with similar laws restricting minors’ rights to purchase violent video games.

Other legislation has been failed by all courts thus far. Activision claims that the Entertainment Software Rating Board rating is an adequate parental informer regarding the content of games. The most common rating symbols are E (everyone), T (teen and up), M (mature), and A (adult only). ESRB ratings can be found on the backs of all video game’s factory casings. Attorney General and Governor Elect Jerry Brown believes the state should have rights to enforce “reasonable restrictions on the distribution of extremely violent material to children.” California’s law does not exclusively cite any games to be banned, although state lawyers have solely mentioned Postal 2, enabling murderous frenzies, by name. The pro-regulation states claim that the game condones players to “burn people alive with gasoline or napalm, decapitate people with shovels and

Frequent gamer weighs in:

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have dogs fetch their severed heads, and kill bald, unshaven men wearing pink dresses.” In addition to Postal 2 captivating attention for it’s maniacal escapades, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, a third person shooter allowing the utilization and annihilation of prostitutes, the accumulation and destruction of officers of the law, and the wide assortment of golf clubs, chainsaws, machine guns, shotguns, sniper rifles, tear gas, and molotov cocktails, has been targeted by the Federal Trade Commission for sexually explicit content. Groups such as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Future of Music Coalition side with the video game industry. The group collectively believes that if the California law remains intact, that it “would lead inexorably to the enactment of new statutes prohibiting violent depictions or descriptions in other artistic media.”

“A lot of hype has been going around about the law in congress to be passed that censors a lot of video games. I’ve been talking to my friends about what they think about the law, and none of them really support it. We all agree that sex-related and raunchy sort of games shouldn’t be so open. I wouldn’t want a six year old to walk in and see his favorite video games on a rack with these kinds of games. But if it is censored on TV for the most part, then it should be in video games too. However, this also censors a lot of games that I do like playing. My friends and I agree that it is stupid that the law will ban mildly violent video games that we enjoy playing.”

News AVID Toy Drive spreads holiday spirit December 17, 2010

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1: Senior Callie Senna plays catch with a football she gave to one of the Howe Ave. students. 2: A Howe Ave. student clutches her new stuffed unicorn. 3: Senior Lauren Vanina helps a Howe Ave. second grader open her gift. “It’s a lot of fun, and heartwarming see how happy they are getting just one present” Vanina said. 4: A Howe Ave. student clutches her new stuffed unicorn. 5: Senior Lacie Jones receives an unexpected hug from one of the grateful Howe Ave. students. “This was a moment makes everything worth doing. We passed out the presents and random kids were just hugging me,” Jones said. 6: Senior Christian Haugen, dressed as a candy cane, brightens a students day by handing him a toy motorcycle


Do you wish you would have volunteered? It’s never too late! Chips for Kids toy drive by KCRA is accepting toys until the 21st! For more information visit:

“Daniel Cruz and I were in charge. We made sure all the classes were getting enough presents. It was really stressful the third day before the delivery, but in the next two days everybody stepped up and brought in their present. It was definitely worth it.” -Callie Senna, 12







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Technology overloads life’s hard-drive

Madi Zimmerman

Take off the glasses, 3D

drawing by Barbara Kalustian/guest artist

By Emma Spittler Mirada Staff Texting. Facebook. Myspace. Twitter. These are all forms of communication that millions of American teens use every day. They allow us to keep in touch with friends and stay informed of the latest news. But is all of this constant communication really necessary, or is it just becoming excessive? The average American between the ages of 13-27 is said to send over 3000 texts per month. That’s equivalent to 100 texts a day. Not only is texting becoming a major part of our lives, but the growing online social networking craze is as well. Mark Zuckerberg, a co-founder of Facebook, recently wrote in a blog, “More than 175 million people use Facebook. If it were a country, it would be the sixth most populated country in the world.” Between going to school seven hours a day, after school activities, homework, and the 8-9 hours of sleep that it is recommended for

teenagers, the truth is most of us don’t have much free time. Yet we still try to squeeze in as much social time as possible, even if it means sacrificing a good night’s sleep and our grades. Let’s be honest, we all do it. There are times when we don’t feel like doing homework and go onto Facebook to “take a break”, and then lose track of time. And we all text during class from time to time instead of paying attention to our teachers. But what are we gaining from this? Some argue that technology is a useful tool for staying connected to our world today, as it helps people stay in touch regardless of location. The Internet also provides us with endless information. But realistically, many teens use it as a way to get easy answers or plagiarize instead of challenging themselves to learn. The Internet is making us lazy. As for online social networks and cell phones, the majority of the people teens are communicating with are people that they go to school with and see every day, not long distance friends. Most

of those conversations could wait until the next day of school. It’s also ridiculous how much personal information people will divulge on sites such as Facebook or Twitter. Some people seem to feel the need to give the world a play by play of everything they do. What it really becomes is a competition, a constant comparison of our lives to our peers’, which isn’t healthy. Our generation seems to feel the need to always be in the know, and with technology these days, we have the ability to get information fast. We have become a culture dependent on instant gratification. I’ve heard friends of mine say that they feel like they’re missing out on things and feel disconnected if they don’t always have their cell phone with them. Is it just me, or is that a little pathetic? What ever happened to the days when people had one home number that people called when they wanted to talk to you? That’s how it was for our parents when they were kids, and they survived. Now we have an assortment of

different portals we are consistently checking for messages and updates. It has become acceptable to be glued to your phone while spending time with someone in person. That’s just rude. At some point I think technology can become too much and it consumes your life. In an effort to stay connected with the world, we really end up blocking ourselves off from reality. We’re constantly talking to people but we’re not really building close relationships. On the contrary, we are actually replacing valuable social skills that should be learned at this age with superficial conversations through a phone or computer screen. I challenge everyone to take a break for awhile. Try taking a week, or even just a day, to turn off your phones and computers. Focus on more important tasks at hand and the people in your life that are physically around you. You might be surprised at how much more fulfilling it is to live in the real world, not a digital one.

Making the “nice list” this holiday season By Brie Hutton Mirada Staff Tis’ the season to be kind! The holiday season is the time when strangers surprise you with random acts of kindness. From bumper-to-bumper traffic to overly crowded malls, December is a hectic month to say the least. As we grow older and presents become less exciting, there needs to be something else for us to rely on to keep the holiday season cheerful However, it’s the generosity of

those you least expect that keep the spirit alive. It was around this time last year when I experienced a random act of kindness that turned my whole day around. I was in line at the Starbucks drive thru after a long day of tests and quizzes. I ordered my drink and waited patiently as the line inched forward, replaying my less than mediocre day in my head. As I reached the window and pulled out my wallet, the cashier informed me there was no need to pay! To my surprise, the car in front of me paid for my order and

said to have a great day. I was so excited and inspired by this good deed that I couldn’t leave Starbucks having paid for nothing. Therefore, in hopes to create a domino effect, I paid for the customer behind me. I drove away with more than a cup of coffee that afternoon, in hopes that others would feel the same elation. It is these small acts of kindness that truly make the the happiest time of year what it is. After all, Santa’s not the only one who can bring joy and charity this holiday season.

photo courtesy of starbucks coffee

There is nothing I enjoy more than curling up in a warm blanket with a bucket of popcorn and watching some of my favorite movies. I personally stick to the classics: “Singin’ in the Rain”, “White Christmas”, and almost anything with Audrey Hepburn. But it seems as times are changing, so will my “cinematic adventures” as I put down my popcorn and put on my 3D glasses. The film industry is losing it’s excitement in a whirl of special effects and CGI. Directors are spending less time behind the camera and more in a room with a team of workers sitting at computers digitally creating a shot. Actors have stepped off of sets and in front of a green screen where a background will be imposed later during editing. Now, in no way am I saying that this new rise of technology isn’t an accomplishment. “Inception” is one of the best films I’ve seen in theaters in years, compliments to the computer generized imagery. “Avatar”, however, completely lost the meaning of what makes a great film. Yes, the special effects were amazing, we all know that. But the plot was generic and the acting was less than mediocre. So does this deserve an Academy Award for Best Film? Not in my opinion. It worries me that our kids will groan at watching something that’s not 3D like we groan at watching something not in color. So next time you go to the movie theaters, turn down the opportunity to see it in 3D and don’t worry so much about how those Navi just look so darn real. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the true talents of film.


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Carly Tyer

December 17, 2010

Senioritis leads to senior burnout

History not so Historical How did our school acknowledge December 7th? There was a moment of silence; but not in honor of. Why do we study history? The calendar prompts us to acknowledge significant events annually. A square on the calendar denotes a day that lives were lost for our country and for the freedom which we enjoy today. I think that is enough said for it to be honored. December 7th recently passed. You know the date, but do you take pause with thoughts of 2,896 Americans killed that day? Pearl Harbor Day; the attack that launched the United States into World War II which totally consumed our country. “A day which will live in infamy”, said Franklin D. Roosevelt on December 8th, 1941. At our school, I have to come to believe that the word ‘anonymity’ has been recently confused with the word ‘infamy’. So many significant dates have passed without a peep: September 11th, John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, and Veteran’s Day to honor military veterans. None of these were mentioned at school, and coming up is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Jan. 15. Sadly, a day we celebrate as a school holiday, and not for the celebration of a man who defined civil rights in America; but no one really cares. I am not saying to start teaching history in math, or English, or science; but at the very least to acknowledge the dates that made our country what it is today, especially in history class. History is so highly revered in school; it is required. Yea, yea, blah, blah. So then why aren’t historical anniversaries taken advantage of as teaching opportunities? Start practicing what you preach. People argue that they aren’t acknowledged because they are too sad to be remembered. It still has to be remembered; not all lessons are pleasant. Do we remember the Holocaust? If we don’t, it will happen again. There is nothing wrong with tears and tributes. “Those who can’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, said philosopher George Santayana.

drawing by Barbara Kalustian/guest artist

By Jessica Obert Opinion Editor Will write late. Okay, never mind, fine. Senioritis: defined by as “a colloquial term to describe the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school careers.” It’s a common phrase, for a common class illness. When I was a junior, the seniors above us would always gloat about how easy senior year was. However, that is not the case in all situations. Sure, by the time students have reached their final year of high school, they have seen it all. They’ve experienced the good and bad--the cliche dances, the rowdy football games. They’ve made new friends, lost old ones, stayed up ‘til the early hours of the morning finishing homework and projects that will soon be forgotten. Not to mention, they have suffered through all of the grueling tests that determine one’s future. So, yes, getting through school is easier--we have more experi-

ence, and we know how to cheat the system. However, now, with the college application process almost finished, seniors have had enough. Sure, we are still in school, and here to learn, but the surplus of homework is not necessary to burden the already deteriorating endurance of seniors. A normal routine of a senior student: wake up, go to school, come home from school to start their second school day, and attempt to do “busy work” that ends up being countless hours long. On top of that, many students have jobs, volunteer work, extracurriculars, and responsibilities. Some high schools in Utah are even beginning to cut senior year all together, making it optional. As reported by CNN, “Utah Sen. Chris Buttars originally proposed to cut the twelfth grade entirely, but has since toned down the idea, suggesting that senior year be optional for students who complete their required credits early. The estimated move could save up to $60 million dollars.” Though, that is one attempt to

Editor’s Inbox:

change the school system, it does not work to change anything, it only works to help the state and its politicians. In consequence, it combines junior and senior year into an overwhelming work load, with the occasional child left behind. The change needs to come directly from core of the education system. Inevitably, it goes back to the teachers, the black and white curriculum, and high-reliance and stress on tests and grades that prevents the enjoyment of learning, as well as ruining any chance of material “taught” actually sticking. We are almost adults, and as adults we have to start worrying about our futures. With those going to college, a job is necessary to not only afford gas to drive, but tuition. Most importantly, a job is necessary to start saving to help eliminate the amount of debt one will have upon graduation. No offense, but memorizing a poem that has no use to me is not my top priority when I have deadlines, applications, and other projects hanging over my head.

Dear Mirada, I disagree with the articles and opinion in pervious issues about lack of school spirit. We’re only half way through but we have already packed a full year of accomplishments into these past few months! I was thrilled to see the participation at the Homecoming game even though it was raining; now that’s dedication. Also, the Rio vs. Jesuit football game, did you see everyone flood the field? If you ask me, that was pretty cool. Rio goes so far beyond sports events, rallies, and spirit days; we have band, student run clubs, newspaper, yearbook, Civitas, and so much more. With all of this to offer and with students behind everything, everyone is bound to be involved somewhere or another. Next time you think Rio is short of extraordinary, ask yourself, why do other high schools want our advice on how to better their school? Because we each embody our true RAIDER pride. Rio has so much to offer and we are only half way through the year so let’s keep it up and finish the 2010-2011 school year strong! See you all tonight! Makenzie Reed, 12

Teachers complain about the lack of drive in senior students, but piling on more work just makes it worse. Most seniors are lucky enough to have less than six classes, but some are stuck with a full schedule due to electives, or the obligation of giving a younger sibling a ride home. We’re tired, and we’re tired of keeping up with the necessary and the unnecessary. Senior year isn’t supposed to be stressful--you can still learn without increasing the amount of work. It’s supposed to be our last year of freedom while still living under our parent’s roof, our last year of actual childhood, but in reality, it is anything but free. So yes, we might be suffering from senioritis, but that doesn’t mean we are lazy. It means we need a break. Or we could break under the pressure and fall victim to what every other graduated senior has learned to do, cheat the system.


December 17, 2010

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Our View The Mirada

Rio Americano High School 4540 American River Drive Sacramento, CA 95864 (916)-971-8921 ext. 80 Editors-in-Chief Alex Kleemann Jessie Shapiro Sarah Vaira News Editors Jarett Hartman Tate Rountree

drawing by Alex Kleemann/Editor-in-Chief

Holiday season presents connections High school. It has been the best of times and the worst of times. We’re at a stage in our life when things are changing rapidly, including our interests, our grades, and even our friends. Nothing in high school is static. We’ve endured a roller coaster of highs and lows since the moment we set foot on campus freshman year. We can never expect the inevitable. Times change, situations change, and people change. But that has never stopped Rio students from being the best people they are capable of being. This past school year has emphasized the importance of making connections. From Link Leaders to Challenge Day to the AVID Toy Drive, our school has done an amazing job of breeding relationships among different students, grades, and schools. All of these events have something in common; they highlight the importance of looking beyond your social circle and reaching out to others you may not normally talk to.

Challenging school work before winter break

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Celebrating the holiday season

Being stingy, and not giving



Making New Year’s resolutions Giving up resolutions within the first week


December: Hot or not?


Challenge Day

High school shouldn’t be about sticking to the same group of friends from middle school and shunning the kids from the other side of town. It shouldn’t be about first impressions or malicious gossip or even ridiculous stereotypes. High school is a place to meet new people, form new bonds, and learn about different types of people you never knew before. We need to make everyone feel welcome— freshmen, new students, parents, and even those people form other schools. With everyone’s collaboration, our school will be more just a typical high school; it will be a place that students look forward to attending, a place where they know they belong. This holiday season, make a connection.

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As the Link Leaders proved, with a little school spirit and cooperation, we can unify the upperclassmen and the underclassmen to make new students feel welcome to our school. As Challenge Day proved, we have more in common with the people we once deemed “losers” than we originally thought. And as the annual AVID Toy Drive proved, giving back to the community is one of the many ways to unite people from different socioeconomic backgrounds for a charitable cause. Link Leaders, Challenge Day, and the Toy Drive are only three things that have helped make our school a better place to attend. Thanks to the collective work of the students and the administration, little changes occurring over time have made Rio the place it is today— an institution of learning that teaches students the value of becoming a citizen of society. But at the same time, we as students shouldn’t limit our kindness solely to those special occasions like Challenge Day; we need to spread the joy on a daily basis, regardless of the circumstances.

This Newspaper

Opinion Editors Jessica Obert Alli Henderson Features Editors Alex Chan Danielle Arbios Sports Editors Kyle Morales Peter Hammon Shauna Milesi Staff Writers John Ferrannini Austin Hicks Brie Hutton Keldon Irwin Mariah Maxwell Michaela Milesi Tandena Nelson Emma Spittler Caitlin Temple Carly Tyler Madi Zimmerman Adviser Michael Mahoney Room A3

The Mirada is the independent voice of the students and a forum for diverse ideas published by Rio Americano’s newspaper class. The Mirada welcomes story ideas, comics, letters to the editor and opinion pieces. Submit articles and letters to the box in A3 or the main office. Unsigned editorials represent the views of the Mirada editorial board. Opinion articles and letters to the editor are the views of the individual writer and not necessarily the views of the Mirada or Rio Americano High School. We welcome advertising, but reserve the right to refuse any ad.

‘Challenge Day’ challenges norm By Sarah Vaira and Alex Kleemann Editors-in-cheif

Let’s face it. Teasing, prejudice, gossip and violence all plague the high school environment. Many think that these challenges are simply part of growing up, however there people who want to change that. Challenge Day is an organization that promotes respect and tolerance in schools. Challenge Day coordinator, senior Alex Kleemann,

brought the program to school for her CIVITAS senior project after dealing with high school struggles herself. “My first few years of high school were really tough and I am only now learning that I was not alone,” Kleemann said. Kleemann first participated in Challenge Day in preparation for her service trip to Honduras with AMIGOS de las Americas. “The program helped me realized high school does not have to be so difficult,” she said. “I knew I had to bring it to Rio.” A hundred and five students and 28 adult volunteers participated in the school’s first annual Challenge Day on Dec. 8, 2010. It’s common for students to be afraid to show who they really are for fear of being judged or teased. Challenge Day’s program creates a “judgement free” environment for students to freely share their insecurities and open up to others. “Challenge Day made me not judge people for what they look like, but really get to know them before I judge anything,” junior Harrison Ashen said after at1 tending the day long workshop. “A lot of people thought it was a joke, but when we got in


there it was really cool.” Many Rio students never could have imagined a more amazing day. “For the first time, ever students saw their peers and teachers step out of their comfort zones, open their hearts and build connections with people they had never considered speaking to prior to that moment,” Kleemann said. Challenge Day leaders, Khyree and Berenice, conducted a series of activities and trustbuilding exercises that broke down social barriers. “My favorite activity was the family group activity because you got to see someone for their inner self, something you wouldn’t normally see,” senior Lauren Kohatsu said. Besides talking in the small “family groups,” other students enjoyed the “crossing the line activity,” which applied individual situations to a more universal understanding. “My favorite activity was crossing the line,” senior Kevin Hou said. “It opened my mind to how many people have gone through what I’ve gone through.” The leaders’ created such high levels of respect and empathy that it was impossible for students to step out of the room without being touched by someone in some way. Photographer Jarrett Hartman was only at the event at the beginning and end. Even as a bystander he could sense the positive effects of Challenge Day. “Walking into the gym, I could feel the change after the afternoon activities,” he said. “I could tell it had already made a difference and benefited every one of the participants.”



1. Senior Kyala Shaw high fives teacher and parent participant as she wa they pump up the energy in the small gym. 3. Sophomores Meghan McK with for the whole 10 minutes. 4. Challenge Day leader Berenice Meza in positive ways. The program asks all participants to participate as much a long lost best friend returning for the firs time in four years. During the fi Day leaders, Khyree and Berenice shared their life stories with the group. 7. Sophomores Devin Farrel and Oksana Ivakov share a hug at the end of

ms and changes lives ‘Challenge Day’ challenges students to connect on a different emotional level and open up with our peers


f you really knew me, you would know that I don’t always get along with people. If you really really knew me, you would know that I tend to isolate myself because I move around so often. Challenge Day helped me to understand that no matter where I am, from California to New York, other people are going through similar problems. It helped me to realize that they understand, that I can talk to them, and not close myself off.

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alks through the human tunnel at the start of Challenge Day. 2. Cheer leading coach Demeris Athey shows off her infamous dance moves with her fellow faculty as Kenna and Alec spend break talk about their dreams and goals for their futures during the morning break, everyone had a partner that they were required to stay ntroduces the program and goes over the rules of the program. Challenge Day teaches the “Notice, Choose”, Act”, encouraging everyone to change their lives in as they feel comfortable with, accept others, and keep the secrets people tell them during the day. 5. Senior Alix Powell hugs sophomore Haley Ayres as if she is her first activity participants paired up with different partners and shared something new about themselves with each of them. 6. After the ice-breaker, the Challenge Then participants were separated into “family groups” of 5 or 6 people where they did the “If you really knew me” activity and shared intimate details of their lives. the program.



I was asked to participate in an event called Challenge Day. I didn’t really know what the program was at the time. I knew the basics, but that’s about it. I was, however, told that it was a full day and that participants would be receiving Chipotle for lunch. In all seriousness, what teenage guy wouldn’t go for something that involved a full day of not going to classes and Chipotle? Needless to say, I said yes. When it finally started, we walked into the gym, which was already filled with a group of enthusiastic parent and teacher volunteers. We sat down for the usual run down of rules and regulations. After that was over, we spent the better part of an hour, for lack of a better explanation, running around like children, and having an absolute blast. After that we got into the more serious aspect of the program. We spent time talking in smaller, ‘Family Groups.’ The family groups encouraged us to open up to the others in our groups. They asked us to complete two sentences, “If you really knew me, you’d know...” And, “If you really really knew me, you’d know...” Many of us talked about really personal issues that had plagued us our entire lives. However, no matter the issue, it allowed us to connect on a different emotional level and to open up with our peers. It gave all of us an open, accepting environment to talk about our lives. I had never realized that I could open up to my peers, but this activity showed me, not only that I could, but also, that they would understand and even be able to relate to me. Then we did a number of activities that were intended to and quite effectively managed to help us learn a great deal more about the others in our group. We completed another activity that really helped show us how much we have in common with the other people in the room. It allowed us to move across a line if certain situations applied to us. These situations ranged from whether we had ever been under pressure to perform in school, to if we have lost an immediate family member. The number of people that crossed the line when asked if they had lost a

direct family memberAustin was eyeHicks opening. It enlightened me, and I’m sure many others, to the fact that we are not alone on many issues that plague our minds and moods on a daily basis. The program was intense, and downright sad, on a number of occasions, but it truly was an eye-opening and life-changing day. It succeeded completely in showing me, and many others, that if we change our attitudes towards those around us, we can, undoubtedly, change the world. The day was a roller-coaster of emotions for everyone. We went from having fun and playing like kids to talking about the serious issues in our lives, the issues that no one wants to talk about. In my case, I ended up in a group with someone that I was not the best of friends with. By the end of the program, I had learned more about his life, and could relate to him enough to change my mind about him. Challenge Day taught me that opening up to people can make our lives happier, and in turn, change the way we view and judge others and letting them open up to us can change their lives in an amazing way. One of the most strongly emphasized points in this incredible program was the power of a hug. Yes, a simple hug. It can change a life. It is a simple, yet extremely powerful, way of showing your emotion, of showing you care. If you can’t attend a Challenge Day yourself, you should still follow the values it teaches. You should refrain from judging someone from the outside because first impressions do not show who a person truly is. You should open up about your life to others, and encourage others to open up to you. And most important, show people you care. Give a hug, say good morning, have a conversation. Even if it is just a quick hello. It really does make a difference. If you want to see change in the world, be that change. If you talk the talk, walk the walk!

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Say what?

Raider Cribz: Student’s room is a reflection of personality and interests What is your favorite thing about your room? I love the quote on my wall! It says, “If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies.” It’s also my senior quote.

How is your room a good escape? If I could, I would sleep forever! I have the most comfortable bed in the world, so it’s the perfect escape after a long day. I guess I’m a pretty lazy person.

How is your room unique? I try to personalize it, so I have a mannequin because I want to learn to sew, and I have pictures everywhere! On my headboard, my vanity, and all over my walls. All of them are of my friends and family or just things I admire!

What part of your room says the most about you? Probably my vanity, because that’s where I spend most of my time. I am a teenage girl after all, there’s a reason it’s overflowing with makeup and hair products! I’ve had it since I was nine. -Madi Zimmerman

Keke Babaei, 12

What kind of car do you have? 2001 CLK 430 Mercedes-Benz, candy red-colored nicknamed “Princess.” How did you get it? I got it from my momma!

Wife got your tongue? Police arrived at the house of a Winconsin couple to find that a woman had bitten off her husband’s tongue. The husband had difficulties explaining the situation to authorities because of his condition.

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What is your favorite thing about the car? The bass and the color. Who is your dream passenger? Bob Marley and Cuddie.

December’s Bachelor and Bachelorette

Left, senior Kelley McCuen poses as she sits on “the most comfortable bed in the world.” McCuen loves her room because she can escape after a long day. Above, a quote from her wall that says, “If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.”

Many people would love to have your car, but what is your dream ride? I plan on having plenty of cars, but I think that a Lamborghini will suffice for now. How long do you plan to have your car for? As long as Princess keeps up with me, I’ll keep her for a while. -Jessie Shapiro


What an Awesome Name Douglas Smith from Eugene, Ore has done something pretty awesome: Change his name to “Captain Awesome.” He named himself after a character from NBC’s hit show “Chuck.”


True Romance: December’s Couple of the Issue Morgan Soriano, 12 Stav Alon, 12

It’s a bird! It’s a cow! It’s a... unicorn? A Chinese farmer noticed a small bump on the forehead of one of his cows. But he didn’t expect the bump to grow into an eight-inch horn that resembles one of a unicorn. Residents of China’s Hebei province believe that the cow proves the existence of the fictional unicorn. -Alex Chan

Carly Sayles, 12

Tyler Pearson, 12 photos by madison zimmerman/photo editor

Describe your perfect guy. A guy with a funny personality but also knows how to be romantic. What celebrity relationship do you admire most? Carey Hart and Pink. Why are you still single? I’m enjoying being single in high school for once. Best pickup line you’ve ever heard? I lost my teddy bear. Will you cuddle with me? -Jessie Shapiro

What’s your best attribute? My body.

How long have you been dating? Morgan: About two months.

Why are you still single? I’m just waiting for Mrs. Right.

How did you meet? Stav: We’ve known each other since the seventh grade, but things got spicy at the Aloha Dance.

Who is your dream girl? Emma Watson. Best pickup line? I lost my teddy bear. Can I cuddle with you? Have you ever actually used that? Of course. -Jessie Shapiro

Morgan, what’s your favorite thing about Stav? Morgan: His perfect English. Stav: Spoken too soon... Stav, what’s your favorite thing about Morgan? Stav: Her perfect Hebrew.

What has been your favorite memory together? Stav: When we went to Apple Hill over Thanksgiving Break. Morgan: Or when I introduced him to Christmas, and we decorated Christmas trees! Any things you guys like to watch together? Stav: Anything on the History Channel, boo ya! Morgan: His favorite movie is “Valentine’s Day.” -Madi Zimmerman

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Student proves she has “Got Talent” for singing Junior Oksana Ivakhov and her two older sisters have been huge fans of the show “America’s Got Talent” since its very first season. It wasn’t until this year, though, that Ivakhov came up with a crazy thought: What if she auditioned for the show? She has always loved to sing, and so after much consideration, Ivakhov decided to take a chance, and show her talent to all of America. Why did you decide to audition for America’s Got Talent? My sisters, Diana who is a senior and Helen, and I really love watching the show. As season 5 was ending, the host, Nick Canon, said that they were going to have auditions for season 6 in 8 different cities. When he said that, I told my sisters that we should go on for the fun of it and do something that not everyone gets to do. At first it was a joke, but as we talked about the auditions for several weeks, all three of us actually decided on going and singing a trio. When and where did you audition? We went to audition on Oct. 22 in the center of LA, downtown in the Berlin Hotel. With our dad’s permission, Helen and I drove six hours down to LA on Friday morning.

Were there a lot of other people auditioning? Yes! We stood in line for about 4 hours. Everyone who was in line started singing and dancing. It was interesting getting to see what kind of talent other people have. When I watch the show I’ll be able to recognize them, which will be exciting.

I was so nervous that when they asked what song we were going to sing, I said “Lean on Me, by Bill of Rights.”

What happened when you finally got to the front of the line? Before we could show our talent, there were people who had to check our papers, and the guy that was checking mine looked at me and asked me if i was under 18. I said ‘yes,’ and then he told me that I couldn’t audition because there was no guardian there with me besides my sister.

How do you think your audition went? As we started to sing, I felt really confident. I personally think we did a good job. The producers looked like they really liked us; they started to smile and nod their heads when we were singing.

How did you react when this happened? I was really disappointed because we had driven all the way down to LA for nothing. But as we were leaving, the guy called us back and asked us where we were from, and I told him that we’re from Sacramento. He was really surprised that we came all the way down to audition, so he put us into one of the rooms to audition. What song did you and your sister decide to sing? “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers. But

What was it like standing in front of the judges? The real judges weren’t there; it was the producers who listened to us.

Are you glad you decided to audition? Yes, it was an amazing experience for the both of us! I’ve always wanted to do something that not everyone gets the chance to do. It was also a great time just to get out of school and work, and do something for myself. When will you find out if you’ve made it onto the show? They said that they if we made it they will call us by March and let us know. I did it for the fun of it, not for competition, but it would be wonderful if they call us! -Alli Henderson

photo courtesy of oksana Ivakov Sophomore Oksana Ivakov poses with her audition number while waiting to perform for the judges at the “America’s Got Talent” competition in Los Angeles this fall.

Freshman dances his way towards superstardom Freshman Ty Tomlin is quite the dancer. He has been break dancing for the past two years and has been in numerous performances, including the half-time show for the Sacramento Kings.

take several classes.

What is your dance group called? I am part of two dance crews. The one that I’ve been in the longest is the Hip Hop Crew. The other crew is Break Biz.

How often do you compete/battle? Break Biz is starting to battle more often, and I’m going to battles now, too.

How did you get started with them? I got started with them because my stepmom knows the instructor. When did you start? I started about two years ago only taking one class. Now I

How often do you practice? I practice with the crew on Tuesdays for two hours, and on Saturdays for three hours.

Where have you performed? I’ve performed at Cinco de Mayo, Monsters of Hip Hop, The Lounge, Kings and Monarchs games, University of Pacific games, and Berkley games. -Jessie Shapiro

photos courtesy of ty tomlin Top, freshman Ty Tomlin head spins. Tomlin is a break dancer that has performed at basketball games and in club battles. Above and left, he poses with his dance team.

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Dance in cafeteria still glows with fun

photo by austin hicks/mirada staff The Rowdy Raiders get their glow on while they have a good time dancing and bringing school spirit to the students.

A dance in the cafwas even a moving sign Dance Review eteria may seem lame that lit up “Rio Raiders”. compared to one in the small gym; however, While the turn out was small, the cafetethe Winter Dance proved this idea wrong. ria was still filled with people who wanted The Blacklight Bogus Ball, held last Fri- to have a good time, including myself. The day, was in the cafeteria instead of the small dance felt more like a small party. gym because of a home basketball game The music was great, better than that of scheduled at the same time. The noise from the “Welcome to the Jungle” dance held the the music would have been too loud for the first Friday of the school year. The DJ was players. intimate with the students, announcing the I’ve been to every dance I could go to basketball team’s win and taking requests throughout high school, and most have been throughout the night. great. Yet the idea of it being held in the cafOverall, the fact that the dance was in the eteria did not appeal to me. I was convinced cafeteria instead of the small gym did not it wouldn’t be the same. make a difference. Even if it was smaller, it But when I arrived at school last Friday was still just as fun. night, dressed in my neon clothes, I literally Though I would prefer to go to a dance in glowed as I walked into the cafeteria, trans- the small gym, I would still go to a dance in formed into a blacklight wonderland. the cafeteria any day. The decorations were amazing and only -Danielle Arbios added to the already great atmosphere. There

“The Relationship” an album fans will love

After gaining a substantial fan base with The Space Twins. his previous band The Space Twins, fans of Songs like “Thought I Knew” and “Someguitarist Brian Bell eagerly awaited the debut thing More,” with their heart-wrenching with his newly formed band, The Relation- lyrics, can’t help but make you feel sorry for ship, when he announced he was in the stu- Bell. dio working on a new batch The beautiful melodies of songs. written by Bell and guitarThat was in 2006. ist Nate Shaw, as well as Now in 2010, fans are fithe soaring harmonies and nally able to hear the results background vocals of keyof the four years of work put boardist Eric Dubowsky into the album, and they are help make already great not disappointed. songs even better. The self titled debut has “The Relationship” illusBell singing about deceit, trates Brian Bell’s abilities longing, and break-ups. as a songwriter, with songs “I like to write about reranging from blues (“You Music Review lationships and inner things Rock My Heart”) to folkthat happen in my mind rock (“Will I Ever See Her with trying to figure out how to live on this Again?”) to classic rock (“Something More”). planet with women and making us work,” Clocking in at a little under 40 minBell said. “And there seems to be a lot of utes, the album is a quick, yet very satisfying songs that come out of that.” and enjoyable listen. Bell and his band mates The songs themselves demonstrate Bell’s have a way of bringing the listener in and growth not only as a lyricist, but also as a leaving them wanting more. more confident frontman from his time in -Jarett Hartman

December 17, 2010

Midnight Marauders a blast from the past

A Tribe Called Quest released its third night” and the word maraud means to loot, album in November of 1993 on Jive records, and A Tribe Called Quest is marauding our and titled it “Midnight Marauders.” This 14 ears.” track album had three singles, and was voted “Midnight,” track number six, deals with number 21 by Village Voice in 1993’s Pazz & some or the harsher topics on the album Jop Critics Poll. such as police harassment and nocturnal acA Tribe is an American hip-hop group, tivity, hence the title “Midnight.” formed in Queens, New York in 1985. The Track number seven “We Can Get Down,” group is composed of three main members, and track number eight, “Electric RelaxQ-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muham- ation,” are two tracks that greatly demonmad, and on this album De la strate the lyrically talented Soul helps create a few tracks, duo Q-Tip and Phife Dawg. including the lead single, “We Can Get Down,” “Award Tour.” speaks about hip-hop itself The first track is in fact in this song. not even a song, it’s titled “Electric Relaxation,” “Midnight Marauders Tour was the second song on the Guide.” It is just a robotic album to receive a music voiced woman played by video. The video was shot Laurel Dann. The voice conmostly in black an white, tinues to guide us as listeners and takes place in a diner. through the entire album. Track number four, Music Review “Steve Biko (Stir It Up)” “Sucka N***A,” is the most is the opening song and is controversial song on the named after the South African human rights album. The song deals with the nonchaactivist and political revolutionary Steve lant use of the “n” word. In the song, Q-Tip Biko. The beat has a heavy jazz flow main- makes a point to show the negative parts of tained through out the entire song. the word. The hit single “Award Tour,” the second Yet, at the same time he puts emphasis on song on this album features De La Soul. The the words subjective nature, when he says song compares greatly to Jazz artist Weldon “neither does the youth cause we, em-brace Ivine’s “We Gettin’ Down.” adversity it goes right with the race.” Ivine was a well respected jazz virtuoso, This 51 minute album is worth taking a who lent his assistance to the group. At the listen to. You’ll get sucked back into the ’90s end of this song the robotic voice explains to with the up beat and jazz like sound from us the meaning of the title “Midnight Mau- the early era of hip-hop that A Tribe Called raders.” Quest demonstrates here. The voice says “Seven times out of ten, we listen to our music at night, hence the “Mid-Tate Rountree

Chiodos style mixes chords, synths with new sound The Chiodos, known for off chords and into vicious screams behind an authoritative technical musical composition, have booted musical onslaught. their front-man Craig Owens and invited The song contains a moving lyrical seBrandon Bolmer as their new vocalist for the quence that seems to flow irrevocably to the band’s third album.. music with such lyrics as, “You’re pathetic/ The album begins with a two minute vo- Wipe that smile off your f---ing face/This is cal display accompanied by an eerie synthe- no laughing matter.” siser, showcasing his new voice in an attempt Brandon Bolmer, author of these explicit to quell the hype left with Owens’ departure. words, is a founding member of Yesterdays Craig Owens’ preRising and filled in with Craig puberty sounding voice Mabbit in Scary Kids Scaring gave the old Chiodos their Kids last year. poppy sound. Contrasted Despite this captivating against his screams, their song, the band’s overall tone two prior albums offered has dropped to that of backa dichotomy that seemed ground music.Like most vetto pull your eyes to the eran bands, they sound more speakers in astonishment. comfortable in their element. The Chiodos have The music is lead less by made the move from a their guitarists and seems to band written by inspired flow much better, yet is conMusic Review musicians with core tinues to vicariously make you chordal structure accomlove the Chiodos. panied by other instruments to a band that They often drop the beat and Bolmer writes as a group with emplaced fills in be- performs an acapella that is nearly impostween musical segments. The band now has sible to hum along with. a verse, chorus, verse sequencing to their The Chiodos offed Owens despite his music. prominence in underground music’s culture. I’m not used to being able to easily count He remains a demigod of hardcore bands out beats when listening to the Chiodos. and will long be missed, but he will moreso The only song that has a distinct, newly be remembered for founding and raising one defining sound behind it is entitled “Modern of my favorite bands. Wolf Hair.” He laid the groundwork for what appears It has angelic falsettos that topple Craig’s to be several more upcoming albums. with seemingly little to no effort that glide -Keldon Irwin


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Rio versus Jesuit

Rio (3-3) Galt:W Monterrey Trail: L Kennedy: L McClatchy: L River Valley: W Rocklin: W

PG Darren Nishi, sophomore SG David Deloney, senior SF Andrew Haugen, senior PF Kevin Barlow, senior C Nolan Adams, senior

Player to Watch:

photo by sarah vaira/editor in chief

Andrew Haugen

Haugen, an all-league player, accounted for nine points, seven rebounds, two blocks, and four assists against Jesuit last year. Already this year, Haugen has scored 20 plus against top twenty teams. Haugen led the team in blocks last year and has established himself as an inside presence this year. He can play down low and a much improved jump shot makes Haugen a threat from three as well. The senior captain will look to beat Jesuit for the first time in his career.

photo by sarah vaira/editor in chief Andrew Haugen drives against Monterrey Trail. Haugen, Rio’s biggest scoring threat, is poised to go ff against Jesuit

-Rio hasn’t won since Drake U’U’s last second layup topped the Marauders four years ago. -The last time the game was played at Rio, Jesuit forward James Moore scored 43 points in a 97-83 victory. -Rio is no stranger to winning though. Junior Jude Aka tipped a ball in at the buzzer to beat Jesuit his freshman year and sophomore point guard Darrin Nishi took part in the freshman team’s rout of Jesuit last year. -Thought Jesuit’s guards have size, all but one are over six foot, their posts do not. U’U is the tallest player at 6’4’’, but he plays guard. 6’7’’ Nolan Adams and 6’5’’ Kevin Barlow of Rio have the advantage down low. -Rio’s stifling defense has held opponents to 50 points or under three times this year while Jesuit has given up over 50 every game.

-Kyle Morales

Time to get rowdy! Fact: He looks great in spandex. “It’s always sunny in Gold River.”

Name: Damont Nelson AKA: “Damonster” Fact: He invented the John Wall Dance. “It’s time for another 34-33.”

Name: Spencer Harris AKA: “Officer Sharris” Fact: Leads the section in arrests per game.

Name: Dillon Alward AKA: Smalward

“Officer Sharris reporting for duty.”

Name: Grant Silvester AKA: “G Baby”

Name: Matt Saria AKA: “The Flyin’ Hawaiian”

Starting Five:

photo by sarah vaira/editor in chief Senior Rhys Hoskins goes up for two against Woodcreek. The senior played varsity two years ago.

Parker U’U

photo by sarah vaira/editor in chief Rio transfer Parker U’U drives to the rack in a loss against Woodcreek. U’U averaged nearly eight points per game as a sophomore..

Fact: Has island style with mainland sensibility “I taught Basil everything he knows.”

Fact: Enjoys wearing Ugg Boots

“I don’t cut my hair.”

Fact: Stays up until four a.m. prank calling opponents. “I like it rowdy.”

Two years ago, Parker U’U was the starting point guard for Rio’s JV team as a freshman. Now, he’s starting for a second straight year on Jesuit varsity team. U’U is one of the Sac Bee’s “Players to Watch” and is a dynamic scorer (he dropped 18 on Loyola of L.A.). Last year, U’U had a subpar game against Rio as cheers of “Judas” were directed at him. Traitor or not, U’U is much improved this year.

Name: Korey Geist Name: Aaron Goldwyn AKA: “Koreyes” AKA: “Weapon X”

in black tonight with your voices ready. No one can take away our spirit.”

Fact: Wears SCUBA boots to the game “Before games, I speak in tongues.”

- Aaron Goldwyn and Korey Geist Rowdy Raider Presidents

Fact: His verbal abuse is a crime in five states. “I’ll keep sending annoying facebook messages.”

photo by sarah vaira/editor in chief

The Rowdy Raiders watch intently during a Jack Scott game

ello friends. We would sincerely appreciate it if you came out Name: Hunter Akins AKA: “OG Mudbone”

PG Akachi Okugo, junior SG Parker U’U, junior SF Brian Glodowski, junior PF Bryce Pressley, junior C Rhys Hoskins, senior

Player To Watch:

“H Name: Josh Naftulin AKA: “Big Nafty”

St. Mary’s :W Loyola (L.A.): W Achrbishop Mitty: W St. Francis (Mountainview): W Salesian: L Burbank: W Woodcreek: L

Are you ready for the big game? Be loud and show up the Galley Crew. Meet the Rowdy Raider Royalty and learn some of the important cheers.

Fact: Police are used to this side-view “Some say I’m the best. Others can’t talk.”

Fact: Would rather kick a soccer ball. “I like actin’ a fool.”

Jesuit (5-2)

Madness of the rivalry returns to Manfredi Court

Center Nolan Adams goes for a layup in a Jack Scott Game. Adams will figure in heavily against Jesuit’s undersized big men.

Starting Five:

Name: Drew Fishman AKA: “Greenman”

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1. “I Believe That We Will Win” -before tipoff 2. “Rio Americano, Green and Gold” -at the start of the third quarter 3. “Roller Coaster” -at the start of the fourth quarter

It’s a blackout. Wear your Rowdy Raider blackout tee and any thing else black.

-Kyle Morales

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Where are they now? By Kyle Morales Sports Editor Patty Fendick was recently named the Most Outstanding Player of the first 25 years of women’s collegiate tennis. Not bad for the Rio grad who now lives in Austin. Starting at age 10, Fendick took lessons with Pat Boehrer, a former Rio coach, in La Sierra Park. By 14, Fendick hit the national scene, playing on the Virginia Slims Ginny Circuit in Bakersfield and beating top 200 players in the world. “I qualified without having a clue what I was doing,” Fendick said. “I just loved playing and competing.” Fendick’s love for the game only grew, and by high school there was no time to compete on the Raider squad. “[Coach] Pat [Boehrer] had a strict policy of not missing any practices, and by that time, I was playing a lot of national tournaments and in an intense workout regime at Rio Del Oro,” Fendick said of her busy schedule. Fendick still found time to enjoy school, especially AP English and AP French. She also committed to the Stanford University tennis team. “I received a full athletic scholarship to the best university in the country academically and athletically,” Fendick said. “It was a great opportunity and I wasn’t too far

photo courtesy of Patty Fendick

Fendick competes for Standord in the NCAA championships. She is the most successful women’s collegiate tenis player of all time.

from home.” In Palo Alto, Fendick guided the Cardinal to three NCAA team titles in her four years. She still looks back fondly on the 1984 championship. “To share something like that [an NCAA title] with my teammates and to win against the odds was something very exciting and special,” Fendick said. Fendick also enjoyed personal success, capturing the NCAA Singles Title in 1986 and 1987. After winning 57 straight matches her senior year, she was awarded the ITA Player of the Year Award. “It was nice to be recognized,

of course, but the real excitement came from winning head to head against opponents that I perceived to be better than me,” Fendick said. In May of 1987, Fendick turned professional and went on to be named the WTA Rookie of the Year. As time went on, Fendick decided to focus on a doubles career. Working with Canadian Jill Hetherington, Fendick reached the finals of the U.S. Open in ’88 and the Australian in ’89. In ’88, Fendick and Hetherington upset stars like Graf and Evert on their way to the finals. “It was really fun because no one expected us to be anywhere

near the caliber of winning a grand slam,” Fendick said. In 1990, Fendick paired with American Mary Joe Fernandez and made another trip to the Australian Open finals, losing in three sets. The Americans returned to Melbourne the next winter and won Fendick’s first Grand Slam title. “We had played together only a few times before that, but we just clicked,” Fendick said. “I vaulted about 15 feet into her arms after we won match point.” Unfortunately, Fendick’s career was sidelined by five knee surgeries, climaxing when she tore both knees in the same match of the 1995 Ca-

Mother coaches Lanthier wrestling legacy By John Ferrannini Mirada Staff In her first year as a wrestling coach Kelly Lanthier set a school record by advancing five wrestlers to masters. Now she is coaching two of her sons, junior Jonathan and senior Trevor. Kelly Lanthier became interested in wrestling when her son Kyle joined the team in 2001. “He went 0-18, I thought he should quit,” she said, “then he won his first medal and that got him fired up.” Since then, Kyle has joined the Air Force wrestling team, which trains at a U.S. Olympic training center and competes with other wrestling teams from around the world. Kelly Lanthier said that the team has a curse, “we’ve gone to the masters five times and each time we’ve been one point away from state.” Her proudest moment was “being able to medal three of my sons at a

nadian Open. “I was 5-0 down in the 3rd set and I thought that would be my last match so I refused to quit,” Fendick said. “With two torn knees and an immense amount of pain, I kept playing and won that match.” Fendick retired after that match and went on to marry pro tennis player Scott McCain. McCain and Fendick went on to coach tennis at rival Pac-10 schools, with McCain instructing the men at Cal and Fendick taking the women’s job at Washington. “My time in Seattle was magical,” Fendick said. “The chance to take a team that was nothing and build it into a top five program in the nation was a tribute to the spirit of the student-athletes I coached.” In 2005, Fendick accepted a job offer at the University of Texas, ending her eight year run at UW. “The opportunity to coach at one of the, if not the, premier athletic programs in the country came available. I absolutely love Austin, the University of Texas and all of the pride and tradition that comes from being part of this great institution,” Fendick said. Now, Fendick balances her coaching career and her life at home with McCain, two daughters, and a son. Though Fendick won three NCAA team titles, two NCAA singles title and a Grand Slam, she believes that “being able to share all the knowledge and experience [she’s] gained over the years from so many people and situations with student-athletes” has been the highlight of her tennis days.

Congratulations to Fall ‘All League’ Winners Football: Andrew Munter, Gabe Fuentes, Basil Okoroike, Alfonso Castro

Women’s Waterpolo: Maddie Brown, Kendall Kulper, Morgan Neumann, Emmy Savidge, Vicky Gyorffy

Men’s Soccer: Trevor Lanthier, Jonathon Lanthier, Grant Men’s Waterpolo: Johnny Silvester, Logan Cone, Peter Neumann, Tanner Bond, Jack Dubois, John Price, Hammon, Kyle Morales Michael Woodbury Women’s Volleyball: Lauren Kirschke, Erika Tabor, Ariana Garner, Maddy Cannon

Women’s Tennis: Katie Long, Lauren Kohatsu, Lauren Dvorak, Shadeh Amirsheybani photo by sarah vaira/ editor-in-chief

Kelly Lanthier puts Johnny Lanthier in a head lock while messing around at wrestling practice.

home tournament, which moved me to tears.” Wrestling’s first match of the season is the American River Classic against the Johnson High School Warriors at home on Tuesday, December 21 at 9:00am. Her two sons, Johnny and Trevor,

wrestle to carry on the family legacy. Trevor was last years American River champion. Both have been wrestling since they were little. Their favorite things are “pinning your opponents” and “winning matches” respectively.

Women’s Golf: Haley Ayres, Victoria Grajeda, Nicolette Grajeda, Mallory Grasty

Cross Country: Elizabeth Hutchison, Anna Schroeder, Devyn Andrews, Ansel Mills


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Bond becomes bball brotherhood

Kyle Morales

Secret handshakes, team lunches and free styling rapping form friendships and chemistry on the court By Peter Hammon Sports Editor Before their 49-47 home victory over River Valley, the twelve members of the boys basketball team gathered in their makeshift “locker room,” better known as the weight room. Coach Jones delivered had just delivered his pregame speech and promised lineup changes. The whole team was tense after losing three games in a row and taking 4th place in their own Jack Scott Tournament. Then Junior Jude Aka broke out his ten-minute beat on the stereo and started freestyle rapping. Suddenly, the other eleven guys were more relaxed, maybe because they couldn’t stop laughing. This year’s team has endured some early growing pains without the leadership and guard play of Abe Leibovitz and Zach Nathanson, who graduated last year. But what this year’s squad lacks in established scorers, it makes up for in chemistry. Coach Jones has stressed team unity and tried to promote it with mandatory team lunches on the weekends. The big guy also foots the very large bill that surely comes with the 12 hungry boys. According to Senior David Deloney, Jones has also implemented a policy requiring each player to have a special handshake with another player.

Shut the duck up

photo by sarah vaira/editor-in-chief Seniors Kenny Tripp and Andrew Haugen perform the last step of their secret handshake, the “shoulder bump,” before the home game against McClatchy. All teammates have handshakes with one other but according to teammate senior David Deloney “We only do the non embarrassing ones on the court.”

“We all came up with handshakes, but we only do the nonembarrassing ones on the court,” Deloney said. The team also enjoys joking around in weights with junior Jake “the Assassain” Jensen. After the team’s last second

victory over Friday over River Valley, fans emptied the stands and stormed the court, celebrating with players, coaches and even some parents. Many members of the team expressed relief and seemed more confident heading into tonight’s

matchups versus Jesuit. The team is going to need all the help they can get for tonight’s game against state-ranked power Jesuit. Maybe they can draw on some that chemistry they built at Chipotle and while listening to Aka’s raps.

Girls aim to make playoffs By Jarrett Hartman Mirada Staff Girls basketball is back after a very successful year last year. The team, which has a record of 4-5, is fighting hard for a spot in this year’s playoffs. While some of the team’s key senior players graduated last year, Co-Captain senior Alex Denne believes this team will be extremely successful during this year’s season. “The team is very young, but very energetic and determined,” Denne said, “We are a little different from last year, but we are still happy to play to win.” The girls’ year was immediately off to a good start with a

win against Lincoln. After a close loss against Chico, the team participated in the Whitney Winter Invitational, where they earned a record of 1-1. The team then went on to face Florin, where Florin barely won the game 31-34. Two days later, the team then took part in the Oakmont Tournament, winning against Roseville, and losing to Franklin and Oakmont. Sophomore Elizabeth Moulton leads the team in scoring, averaging 13 points per game. The point guard was also named All Tourney at the Oakmont Rotary Tournament for the second year in a row.

photo by madison zimmerman/photo editor Sophomore Elizabeth Moulton and senior Alex Denne fight for the ball at practice. The team is 4-5 and looking to improve

Seriously, I’m ducking mad. The University of Oregon Ducks are undefeated and one of the top football teams in the land. Coincidentally, three-fourths of the nation and our school have suddenly become Oregon fans. I’m sure it has nothing to due with the fact that the Ducks are going to the BSC National Championship Game. There’s nothing more aggravating than bandwagon fans. I can’t think of many more annoying things than a bunch ducks in a wagon quacking loudly and trying to eat my lunch. Oregon has swept the nation. ESPN has shown more highlights of Puddles, the Oregon mascot, than it’s shown of most top ten teams. If I see that chubby duck doing push ups on SportsCenter one more time... I wouldn’t be surprised to see “Guess What Jersey Combo Oregon Is Going To Wear” replace Jeopardy as America’s favorite game show. Yeah, Oregon gets a ton of free stuff from Nike. Awesome. So does Boise State and Virginia Tech and Miami and Syracuse and... But apparently 12 wins and bright yellow sweatshirts are all that it takes to attract teenagers. Over the last few weeks, there’s been an exponential increase in Oregon gear around campus. Where were those earlier on? Ohhhhh, people hadn’t bought it yet. That would explain why the tag is still hanging off the hood. If our school is any representation of America, than there must be about 100 million people applying to Eugene. But who’s to blame these future Ducks, they’ll look so dope in the Nike clothes from the student store. It’ll only cost 60 bucks for a pair of shorts. Fair weather fans have flocked to Oregon like a bunch of mindless ducks. And the weather isn’t even fair there; it rains 20 hours a day. So are you a real Oregon fan? Do you know who Steve Prefontaine is? Do you know why Oregon has so much Nike stuff? Did you have any idea who Puddles was before this? If not, shut the duck up.

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Photo of the Month


The league of extraordinary gentlemen

What’s going on here:

Senior Andrew Haugen ( # 30 ) fought off two Monterey Trail defenders and then put up this layup late in the first half of the semi-final game of the Jack Scott Tournament. Rio went on to lose the game 76-49 and took 4th place in the tournament.

Haugen’s face tenses in anticipation of the foul to come from the Monterey Trail defender behind him. He was able to finish the play, however, and the lay up was good. You can tell he is thinking, “Man, I wish I could dunk. This picture would be so much cooler.”

Senior Nolan Adams gazes at his teammate Haugen while boxing out the Monterey Trail defender. The 6’6 Adams enjoyed a large height advantage over the much smaller Monterey Trail squad.

The Monterey Trail defender makes a desperate attempt to block Haugen’s shot after Haugen beat him to the basket. In the end, though, he had the last laugh as the Mustangs went on to win the Jack Scott Tournament.

Why I like it:

Recently I’ve been putting a lot of effort into photography. Finally, practice has paid off! Being more familiar with a camera and a little bit of luck helped me take this picture. photo by sarah vaira/editor-in-chief

How Long have you been wresting? I have been wrestling since the fourth grade. What weight class do you wrestle in? I am wrestling in the 160 weight class. How did you become interested in wrestling? Angelo Trevino, 12 I became interested when I saw all my dad’s trophies from his high school years. I have been motivated to win more ever since. Have you received any awards or recognitions? I’m a masters qualifier and soon to be state champ. What is it like having a woman coach? Having a woman coach is pretty cool, knowing you always got that motherly love in the room and not another person that wants to just beat you up all day. Have you ever injured an opponent? So far I have sent three kids to the ER with slams, gave some broken collar bones and some concussions here and there. I still pray for those kids. What is your favorite thing about wrestling? My favorite thing about wrestling is the fact that you practically get to fight five guys on your weekend and instead of getting in trouble you get medals. photo by sarah vaira/editor-in-chief -Mariah Maxwell

Prep of the issue

December 17, 2010

Nearly four months Peter Hammon ago, I made a bold prediction. “I will win my fantasty football league,” I said to a friend. “Hold me to that.” On Dec. 6, I came one step closer to reaching that goal by beating “Officer Sharris” and claiming the final playoff spot in the league. Fantasy football is an interactive online game in which competitors assume the role of “General Manager” by drafting, trading, and managing real NFL players. My team, “The Hamburglar” then competes against my friends’ teams with the winner decided each week based upon our players’ stats during actual games. In the past few years, Fantasty football has become wildly popular with all major sports outlets and web browsers like Yahoo offering their own versions of the game. My favorite part of fantasy football is the team names. How can you not laugh at two teams named The Hamburglar (me) and Officer Sharris (Spencer Harris)? Critics, though, believe these virtual teams are ruining the integrity of the NFL fan. They might be right. They claim that many fans have stopped rooting for their favorite teams, and started rooting for the players on their fantasy teams. The potential conflict for fans and players arises if athletes and/or fans stop caring about wins and losses and focus on individual stats-which earn fantasy points. So long as that never happens, the game will continue to grow. Former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer has already reached his own conclusion, “I think it’s ruined the game.” Having once owned Plummer and watched my fantasy team’s season go down in flames with his, I think he owes me an apology, not the other way around. Plummer may be upset, but many other NFL players love to compete in their very own fantasy leagues. Of course, they always look to draft themselves. The truth is that if I win my next two fantasy football games, I will be 120 dollars richer. With that kind of money on the line, my new favorite team is named “The Hamburglar.” Right now, I couldn’t care less about the 3-10 Denver Broncos. Critics, like my Dad, might be right. Fantasy football might be a waste of time. But if I bring home 120 dollars in two weeks, it really doesn’t matter what Mr. Hammon or anybody else thinks.

December Issue 2010  

Volume 49, Issue 5

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